Off to the pianistic summit! The third edition of the piano festival “Le Piano Symphonique” starts in Lucerne on 16 January 2024

From 16 – 21 January 2024, the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester invites you to the third edition of its piano festival “Le Piano Symphonique” and has a special sensation in store: From 2024, the legendary pianist Martha Argerich is “Pianiste Associée” of the piano festival and Lucerne will once again become the “capital of the piano”, as the NZZ apostrophised.

An illustrious circle of great pianists – including Elisabeth Leonskaja, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Mikhail Pletnev as well as a selection of leading pianists of the next generation such as David Fray, Benjamin Grosvenor, Oliver Schnyder and Kit Armstrong – will enchant Lucerne from 16 – 21 January 2024.

With rising star Yoav Levanon, the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, conducted by its chief conductor Michael Sanderling, will perform Liszt’s two piano concertos as well as his “Totentanz” and also record them for Warner Classics.

Fourteen-year-old French pianist Arielle Beck will be featured as a “discovery of Le Piano Symphonique.”

That “Le Piano Symphonique” has definitely arrived in the here and now, is demonstrated by two composition commissions to Marc-André Hamelin and Brett Dean, which will have their world premiere at the Piano Festival in January 2024.

The renowned piano magazine “Piano News” recently wrote: “That ‘Le Piano Symphonique’, with its exciting and diverse programming, has a great future, is beyond question … it is a boon for all piano lovers who like to discover the unusual and are willing to make a trip to beautiful Lucerne to do so.”

> Programme booklet LPS 2024 (in German)
> Accompanying booklet with festival-info LPS 2024 (in German)

Media partner of the piano festival is Medici TV. Six concerts will be streamed live.